Social media can serve as a ticking time bomb for angry, frustrated players. In today’s world of sports, athletes are quick to air out their feelings on their preferred platform.
The most recent example of this occurred on Thursday night when New York Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney took to Instagram to allegedly voice his growing frustration with his role (or lack thereof) in the Giants’ offense.
“I don’t be mad, s**t just be lame to me,” Toney said.
Toney needs to approach the situation with more patience. The first two weeks of the regular season haven’t gone the way he imagined they would. Toney played just five snaps in his NFL debut and lost two yards combined on two end-arounds. On Thursday night, Toney was on the field for 19 plays against Washington and wasn’t targeted on offense.
The lack of involvement represents unfamiliar territory for Toney, who touched the ball an average of eight times per game at Florida a year ago.
It was always going to take Toney some time to get acclimated to the NFL. Toney battled injuries throughout training camp that limited his reps in July and August. The former Florida standout would then fall victim to the Reserve-COVID list, further hindering his development throughout a key part of the offseason for a rookie.
Now that the first two weeks of the regular season have gone poorly for Toney, it’s imperative that the rookie receiver focuses on correcting his miscues. That’s the only way he’s going to see the field with the desired consistency he’s after.
Don’t be fooled by the small sample size. The Giants want to get Toney more involved in their offense. General manager Dave Gettleman didn’t draft Toney with the No. 20 overall selection for him to be an afterthought. The onus will continue to fall on Toney. He must prove to the coaching staff that he's primed, willing, and ready to be featured on a more consistent basis.
Toney’s transition to the NFL was always going to be a peculiar one, and his first two weeks of regular season football have presented more roadblocks than originally envisioned. Look for the Giants to make their stud prospect happy in the coming weeks, but it can’t happen if Toney doesn’t approach the situation with the right attitude.
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